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Amid transfer drama Neymar ‘doesn’t know what to do’: Pique

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Brazilian superstar Neymar “doesn’t know what to do” as frenzy over his possible move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain continues to dominate headlines, Barca teammate Gerard Pique told ESPN FC.

French giants PSG are supposedly ready to launch a record-breaking 218 million euros ($256 million) move for Neymar.

Amid transfer drama Neymar ‘doesn’t know what to do’: Pique

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Brazilian superstar Neymar “doesn’t know what to do” as frenzy over his possible move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain continues to dominate headlines, Barca teammate Gerard Pique told ESPN FC.

French giants PSG are supposedly ready to launch a record-breaking 218 million euros ($256 million) move for Neymar.

Major League Soccer

Major Link Soccer: LA Galaxy sign Jonathan dos Santos

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The Mexican midfielder will be LA's 3rd DP. LAFC bring in Bob Bradley. Jordan Morris should go to the World Cup.

Seattle

We already know it in our (Sounder at) hearts, but MLSSoccer.com's Andrew Wiebe agrees: Jordan Morris has proven he should make the roster for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Around The Forest: San Jose Earthquake’s Matheus Silva wakes from coma

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David Villa and the Chicago Fire take home a fair share of midseason awards from ESPN FC and more.

Portland:

New swimming beach opens next week in Portland | KGW.com
Soon the city of Portland will have a brand new swimming beach. Poet's Beach marks the city's first designated swim area on the Willamette.

D.C. United wins, the 2026 World Cup may have 3 hosts, and more: Monday Freedom Kicks

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Also, a former D.C. player likes snowballs.

Hi, hopefully the warmer weather is treating you well.

Recaps of D.C. United's win over New York City FC from us (with more from us here), MLS (with more from them here) and WaPo. Hudson River Blue has the enemy's side.

United States will bid for 2026 World Cup alongside Mexico and Canada (SB Nation): A 48 team, 3 country World Cup?

Dunga on Kaka: D.C. United & Sundry Soccer Links for 10 June 2016

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Uhh-heh-heh-heh-heh.

Friday Freedom Kicks, y'all.

MLS Team Not Happy About Brazilian Manager Dissing The League - Deadspin: Dunga gets all poopy about Kaka. And our comrades at The Mane Land disses back good.

Report: US international Ventura Alvarado eyeing move to MLS | MLSsoccer.

Twellman: Union wouldn't receive compensation for Zlatan Ibrahimovic's rights

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Even though the Philadelphia Union have his rights, the league reportedly wouldn't honor the Discovery Conflict Resolution process were Zlatan Ibrahimovic were he to come to MLS.

During halftime of today's MLS Soccer Sunday clash between Sporting Kansas City and Orlando City SC, ESPN commentator Taylor Twellman broke Zlatan Ibrahimovic news on two fronts.

ESPN survey of MLS players reveals salary frustrations

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Salary discrepancy remains a fundamental issue in locker rooms, and Jordan Morris gets called out by 'anonymous'.

ESPN FC has published their MLS players survey for 2016, with 123 diverse player responses to a range of topics on the league's structure and scheduling to opinions on the quality and the future of MLS.

Player Poll: Nagbe and Chara Underrated

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ESPN FC have put up their annual anonymous Major League Soccer Player Poll and the Portland Timbers are showing up all over the place. With 123 unnamed players polled, ESPN FC covered questions like the league's most underrated players, the fairness of the MLS wage, and just what the players would like to change if they were in charge of MLS.

‘This Is Not A Joke’ – Will Ferrell Joins Vincent Tan As Co-Owner Of New MLS Franchise Los Angeles FC

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Image: ESPN FC

As unlikely as it may seem, Will Ferrell and Vincent Tan are to buddy up and collaborate in the running of the latest MLS franchise, Los Angeles FC.

Ferrell and Tan are numbered among26 co-owners, who includethe first lady of US women's soccer, Mia Hamm, as well as former NBA star Magic Johnson.

Philadelphia Union and MLS News and Notes 12-24-15 [Christmas Eve Edition]

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'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring not even a mouse. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that Saint Earnie soon would be there.

Gonzalez move to Liga MX Pachuca makes Galaxy MLS top-heavy | ESPN FC:
The LA Galaxy defender, who was once a poster child for staying in MLS, has moved to rival Liga MX as roster construction in MLS continues to evolve.

Car Trunks, Smashed Crystal, and Sex Tapes: DC United & Sundry Soccer Links for 20 November 2015

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A little analysis of this weekend's conference finals, paired up with a nice glass of sex tape.

Your Friday Freedom Kicks are made with mostly real fruit flavors.

MLS final four opt for prudent personnel over big spending - ESPN FC: None of the final four MLS teams are among the top five spenders in the League.

D.C. United, USMNT, and Soccer links: Freedom Kicks for 12 November 2015

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Soccer, go!

We're on the downside of the week, let's just muddle through, shall we? Links!

Klinsmann and USMNT face questions over youth policy - ESPN FC: A fascinating read into Jurgen's other job: US Soccer technical director.

Ad-hoc Electoral Committee admits five candidates for FIFA presidential election - FIFA.

Freedom Kicks for 5 March 2015: Lousy Smarch Weather

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Despite one tournament ending, one season will actually start tomorrow.

Good morning, D.C. United fans. Despite crashing out of the 2014-2015 Concacaf Champions League, United has a game this Saturday against Montreal. Time to get ready for actual MLS soccer being played!

D.C. United ends long day with CBA, victory, defeat - The Washington Post: Goff's piece on the game, the CBA, and the day.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: CCL, CBA, TFC. Some other letters, too.

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We're closing in on CCL time again, not to mention MLS time, though CBA talks still loom. Today's links also take you to such exotic places as Qatar, France, and Toronto.

Today's Freedom Kicks are fueled by my anger at autoplay videos which should NEVER EVER BE A THING. Glaring at you so hard, ESPN FC.

Freedom Kicks for 22 January 2015: Bill Hamid, MLS CBA, and a sleeper bus

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Grab your coffee and get ready for some soccer linkage.

No witticisms or banter this morning, just sweet soccer links.

Major League Soccer - D.C. United Bill Hamid aiming for breakout season in MLS's 20th season - ESPN FC: Everyone loves Bill Hamid, and rightfully so. It is hard to imagine what a breakout season could be after last year, but I would take zero goals allowed.

Freedom Kicks for 30 October 2014: MLS playoffs and USMNT

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We have a bunch of links for you this morning, so here we go!

So much soccer, so little time!

D.C. United leans on MLS Cup veterans as playoffs begin - Washington Times: Thomas Floyd gives you a playoff preview as D.C. United waits to learn its opponent for Sunday's game.

FC Dallas vs.

New York City FC

DCU routed by NYCFC, Erick Thohir and a corruption probe(?) and more: Freedom Kicks for 3/13/17

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We go through the misery and show you a movie trailer.

Well that was poopier. Hope everyone who came out for our watch party at Dock FC had fun, result aside. oWuld have come, but newborn's gonna newborn.

Recaps of D.C. United's 4-0 loss to New York City FC by us (more from us here), MLS and Goff.

Report: Jason Kreis to join USMNT January camp coaching staff

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Photo by Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports

Out the door as head coach of New York City FC one day, joining the U.S. Men's National Team's coaching staff for January camp the next.

According to ESPN FC, former NYCFC and Real Salt Lake head coach Jason Kreis has joined Jurgen Klinsmann's coaching staff for the upcoming training camp.

English Premier League

Alison Bender interview; World Soccer Talk Radio (4.6.16)

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The latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio features an interview with Alison Bender, the former Chelsea TV reporter who has now expanded her role at ESPN FC. As well as revealing some of ESPN's plans for Euro 2016, she shares her opinion about Antonio Conte being hired as the new Chelsea boss.

Bender has expanded her role at ESPN FC as its UK-based soccer presenter and reporter, contributing daily content, analysis and breaking news on Premier League, European and world soccer.

Alison Bender interview; World Soccer Talk Radio (4.6.16)

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The latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio features an interview with Alison Bender, the former Chelsea TV reporter who has now expanded her role at ESPN FC. As well as revealing some of ESPN's plans for Euro 2016, she shares her opinion about Antonio Conte being hired as the new Chelsea boss.

Bender has expanded her role at ESPN FC as its UK-based soccer presenter and reporter, contributing daily content, analysis and breaking news on Premier League, European and world soccer.

ESPN FC to deliver expansive Transfer Deadline Day coverage on Tuesday

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ESPN will deliver expansive coverage of the Transfer Deadline Day worldwide on Tuesday across the web and television.

Coverage begins at 3am ET on Tuesday with up-to-the-minute digital and video content from ESPN FC's studio in London. Then, at 9am ET, coverage continues with ESPN FC columnist Gabriele Marcotti live from Bristol, Connecticut, where he'll be offering analysis and rapid reaction on the latest breaking transfer news.

ESPN FC to deliver expansive Transfer Deadline Day coverage on Tuesday

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ESPN will deliver expansive coverage of the Transfer Deadline Day worldwide on Tuesday across the web and television.

Coverage begins at 3am ET on Tuesday with up-to-the-minute digital and video content from ESPN FC's studio in London. Then, at 9am ET, coverage continues with ESPN FC columnist Gabriele Marcotti live from Bristol, Connecticut, where he'll be offering analysis and rapid reaction on the latest breaking transfer news.

Bundesliga considering schedule changes to compete with Premier League

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Despite the public display of opposition to the television model used by the Premier League by supporters of FC Bayern Munich this past weekend (see below), it now appears thatthe German Bundesliga iscontemplating a scheduling change to compete with England's top flight.

According to a report published by ESPN FC,the Bundesliga are looking at ways they can maximize the value of the league and thus negotiate a lucrative new contract with television companies.

Bundesliga considering schedule changes to compete with Premier League

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Despite the public display of opposition to the television model used by the Premier League by supporters of FC Bayern Munich this past weekend (see below), it now appears thatthe German Bundesliga iscontemplating a scheduling change to compete with England's top flight.

According to a report published by ESPN FC,the Bundesliga are looking at ways they can maximize the value of the league and thus negotiate a lucrative new contract with television companies.

The Rest

Interviews with Herculez Gomez, Sebastian Salazar and Steve Palese: World Soccer Talk Podcast

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World Soccer Talk is the weekly soccer podcast on the topic of watching soccer on TV, online and apps.

Here’s a bonus World Soccer Talk Podcast episode featuring interviews with Herculez Gomez, Sebastian Salazar and Steve Palese from ESPN FC.

They tackle a range of topics including their opinions about sharing constructive criticism of US soccer, how they got into broadcasting, as well as what it’s like to work on the set of ESPN FC.

VIDEO: Lukaku trains with United for the first time

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Romelu Lukaku has taken part in training with his Manchester United teammates for the first time since joining us from Everton.

Lukaku has chosen the no.9 shirt at United, having asked for permission from Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and has revealed he can't wait to work with Jose Mourinho, the manager he's dreamed of playing for since he was 10-years-old.

Sounders at Portland Timbers, live stream: Game time, TV schedule and lineups

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ESPN2 coverage starts at 7 PM with kick just over 30 minutes later.

It's bonfire time. This game will be impacted by the heat. It is vital for players, team staff, referees and fans to hydrate. The winner in this Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders match will control the destiny of the 2017 Cascadia Cup.

Some Soccer News for Apr 13, 2017

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It's Day 103 of 2017.


Borussia Dortmund was not one bit happy about having to play a Champions League game 24 hours after being targeted by a terrorist bomb:
Dortmund played less than 24 hours after three explosions hit the team's bus.

Thomas Tuchel isn't happy with UEFA.

Ozzie Alonso on player survey: ‘I don’t care what people say’

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Seattle's beloved midfielder says he'll simply continue to play his game as he always has.

ESPN FC recently published an anonymous survey of MLS players regarding a variety of league-related questions. One notable response for Sounders fans was to the question "which player crosses the line in terms of discipline more than any other?

Tim Howard will miss rest of season

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A source told ESPN FC that the goalkeeper's adductor injury might require surgery

UPDATE: Tim Howard will undergo season-ending surgery on his groin, meaning Zac MacMath assumes the Colorado Rapids' starting goalkeeper duties beginning with the Western Conference finals.

According to ESPN FC, a source close to US Soccer said that United States and Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Tim Howard will be out "months, not weeks" with the right adductor injury he suffered in the USA's match against Mexico on Friday.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Let's talk about Hex, baby

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And about some poor, poor millionaires.

Hope everyone had a lovely long weekend! I'm still in denial that it's over, but we do have a USMNT game to look forward to tonight. Yay! Soccer!

USA vs. Trinidad & Tobago, 2018 World Cup Qualifying: What to watch for - Stars and Stripes FC
Barring complete and utter disaster, the USMNT should be through to the Hex, but they still have a job to do.

Report: U.S. U-20 Kyle Scott wants to leave Chelsea

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Kyle Scott recently signed a new contract to remain with Chelsea, but the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team midfielder is reportedly on the hunt for a new club.

ESPN FC reported on Wednesday that Scott has handed in a transfer request. The development comes just two months after the 18-year-old signed a new deal that was expected to keep him with the Premier League giant until 2019.

Hannover 96 Suspend Three Under-19 Youth Team Players For Plotting Casino Heist

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Hannover 96 have suspended three youth players after it emerged they were plotting to rob a casino in the city.

The three unnamed players handed themselves in to police on Tuesdayafter bottling out of the heist at the last minute.

As reported by ESPN FC, the balaclava-wearing trio all members of the Hannover Under-19 team were driving to the casino when they were stopped by police who noticed that their Audi had altered registration plates.

Jurgen Klinsmann 'thrilled' that Jordan Morris is joining Sounders

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Just in case you needed a confirmation of our earlier report about Jordan Morris signing with the Seattle Sounders, Jurgen Klinsmann was only too happy to let the cat out of the bag himself. Speaking to ESPN FC, the United States men's national team coach left little doubt as to what Morris is planning to do after leaving Werder Bremen.

Philadelphia Union and MLS News and Notes 1-12-16

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Jack McInerney has a new team, Landon Donavan is making headlines, and much more. Check out that along with the latest news below!

Jack McInerney agrees deal with Portland Timbers - sources | ESPN FC:
The reigning MLS Cup champions Portland Timbers are set to acquire out-of-contract forward Jack McInerney from the Columbus Crew SC, sources say.

Water, Water, Everywhere: DC United & Sundry Soccer Links for 13 November 2015

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If you thought Kevin Costner's Water World was a big flop, wait until you see David Beckham's Water World.

This blog doesn't talk enough about water. So I'm going to hit you up with some water-related links. Time for Friday Freedom Kicks!

Red Bulls v Crew SC and FC Dallas v Portland intriguing - ESPN FC: So who are we rooting for in the East?

Listen to Soccer Morning from 9-10:15am ET with Tom Marshall and Seth Verteleney

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Today's Soccer Morning featuresan interview with Tom Marshall (ESPN FC) and Seth Vertelney (Goal.com).

Both guests will discuss last night's exciting Gold Cup games.

You can listen to Soccer Morning live via the World Soccer Talk LIVE page at www.worldsoccertalk.com/live.

During the show, you can tweet your questions or observations live to @soccermorning Or better yet, you can call in with your questions or comments by dialing 646-832-3909.

Freedom Kicks for 9 July 2015: USMNT, Concacaf, FIFA, and more links and news

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While D.C. United might be on vacation, we at B&RU are not!

With D.C. United in their midsummer hibernation, we still strive to give you all the news you need. Here we go!

Why USMNT vs. Peru at RFK stadium is a can't-miss game - The Washington Post: Want to see the USMNT without having to go to Landover?

FA Suspend Referee Mark Clattenburg For Going To An Ed Sheeran Concert

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By Chris Wright

The FA have suspended Mark Clattenburg from refereeing any Premier League games this weekend after he sullied his name by attending an Ed Sheeran concert immediately after officiatingWest Brom's 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace last Saturday.

According to ESPN FC, Clattenburg shot off after the game on his own so he could dart back to Newcastle to make the Sheeran show at theMetro Radio Arena that evening.